Earlier today the Rays filled the coaching vacancy left by new Blue Jays manger Charlie Montoyo by hiring Astros Triple-A coach Rodney Linares to be the new Third Base coach.
The other coaching vacancy has been Major League Field Coordinator, which was occupied by new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. The Rays offered that job to Triple-A manager Jared Sandberg, a former Devil Rays player in his career and an inaugural draft pick from 1996, but he has declined.
Sandberg will instead accept a Field Coordinator coaching role for the Seattle Mariners, his hometown club, a move that allows his family to live in their winter home full time. Sandberg was straight forward in his reasoning, saying “family” was his motivation for taking the same position offered with a different organization, even one not known for job security.
Interestingly, Sandberg also had an opportunity to be named the Reds Bench Coach, objectively a step higher on the coaching ladder than Field Coordinator, but such was the draw of the Puget Sound.
Earlier today it was noted that the Rays became the first club this offseason to have two major league coaches hired away as managers in the same offseason since the Florida Marlins, shortly after winning the 1997 World Series. The expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays hired Marlins pitching coach Larry Rothschild and the Chicago White Sox hired bench coach Jerry Manuel.
That off-season the Marlins also lost Triple-A manger Carlos Tosca to the Diamondbacks, who became the bench coach for Buck Showalter for three years, beginning with their inaugural season. Tosca would be replaced by future major league manager Fredi Gonzalez.